Shi’a Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia – Evolution, Continuities and Changes

INTRODUCTION: THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING ON THE CENTRAL ASIAN ISMAILIS

Writing an article about Central Asian Shi’a Ismaili Muslims represents a very challenging task for several reasons: In geographical terms, Central Asia includes a very broad area and this makes the region wherein perhaps the majority of modern world’s Ismailis inhabit. The Central Asian Ismailis can be divided into three groups:

1. Khurasani Ismailis, who inhabit Iran’s western-most province of Khurasan;

2. Hazara Ismailis, who mainly live in the central part of Afghanistan (i.e. Kabul and the Kayan valley of Baghlan province);

3. Badakhshan Ismailis, who originate from the mountainous valleys that stretch between northeast Afghanistan, northern areas of Pakistan, Badakhshan province of Tajikistan and Tashkurghan district of Xinjiang province of China.

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